Owls fall in season opener

For The Tribune


While Seymour didn’t pick up a victory in its outdoor track and field season opener Tuesday evening, the Owls put together some solid performances.

Columbus East prevailed in the boys meet 71-52, and the Olympians took the girls contest 83-40. East was competing in its second meet of the season, having lost to Bloomington South on Saturday.

“I think it was a great first meet,” Seymour assistant coach Johnnie Spivey said. “Everybody came and gave 100 percent today and had some (personal records). I’m really proud of all of them, girls and boys.”

Spivey was filling in for head boys coach Randy Fife, who was returning from the NCAA Final Four in Arizona, and girls coach Bob Sexton, who went to the hospital with an ailing runner.

The Owls’ Ashton Chase was a double winner in the girls meet. Chase won the 1,600 meters in 5 minutes, 26 seconds, and the 3,200 in 12:05.

Chase also was part of Seymour’s winning 4×800 relay team. She teamed with McKenna Sunbury, Emma Brock and Oriana Morales to run 10:54.

Brett Kleber was the only other individual winner for the girls, taking the 300 hurdles in 52.2.

On the boys side, Bradan Thomasma won the 800 (2:09), Ethan Ortman took the 200 (23.6) and Jacob Voss captured the 3,200 (10:29).

Thomasma, Trent Hohenstreiter, Luke Plummer and Hunter Bauserman combined to win the 4×800 relay in 8:36. Otrman, Gavin Blanton, Jackson Morris and Jake Vance took the 4×100 relay in 44.4.